As long as women have been getting pregnant, so have been many theories of gender prediction using old wives tales. Those that have been following Bump Watch know I am having a dilemma about whether I want to find out the sex of Tiny Tuppen or not. I so love the idea of having a surprise, but I feel the need to prepare! I’m in two minds and I don’t know what to do! So I thought I would do a bit of my own gender prediction using old wives tales for a little bit of fun
I obviously take this very light hearted and with a pinch of salt, I am convinced this new little monkey is a boy, but if I’m honest I have a gut feeling it’s a girl. I honestly don’t mind either way, but one of each would be so nice, a pigeon pair as they say. So I am going to test 11 old wives tales and see what the overall consensus is, boy or girl?!
Gender Prediction using Old wives tales
1. Baking Soda
Quite rank really! Basically you pee in a glass and add a tablespoon of baking soda to the mix. If it fizz’s its a boy, it nothing happens, its a girl.
RESULT: It fizzed like I had never seen anything fizz – Boy!
2. Chinese calendar
The Chinese gender predictor is based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar combined with the age you were and the month when you concieved. You actually have to be careful with this one. Their are loads of charts out there where you can match up your age and month but they don’t take into account your Lunar age which is different. Theres a calculator here, that will work it all out for you. Pop in your birthday and due date/Conception date. It calculates your Lunar age and then predicts babies gender from that!
3. Morning Sickness
They say if you suffer with morning sickness, then you are more likely to be carrying a girl. I didnt have any sickness when I had Finlay, this time I’ve been nauseous from the moment I wake up to Moment I go to sleep. It’s lasted way beyound the usual 12 weeks too!.
If you crave salty, savoury foods expect a boy. If you’re craving sweet and citrus expect a girl. I have a very sweet tooth in general. I did lose this with when pregnant with Finlay. This time, I craved orange juice for my thirst and when I felt nauseous I found chocolate helped and I still cant stop eating it!
If you find your experiencing more headaches now that your pregnant, its a sure sign of a boy. I havent been getting any headaches, but to be honest I dont remember experiencing more headaches with Finlay either.
6. Babies Heart Rate
Anything under 140BPM indicates you are carrying a boy, anything above, a girl. I havent heard Tiny Tuppens heartbeat yet, so this remains a mystery!
7. Sleep Position
Pregnant woment who favour sleeping on their left are said to be more likely to be carrying a boy. Those who favour the right, a girl. To be honest I always sleep on my left, I prefer it and often wake up to roll myself back over. I have noticed I have been waking up more on my right, but i just roll back again. I dont know with this one.
8. Mayan Prediction
The ancient Mayan Civilisation use to predict gender in the following way. If your age and the month you concieve are BOTH either odd or even numbers you will have a girl. If one is even and one is odd you will have a boy. For example I was 33 when I concieved in June, the 6th Month. This would be written down as 33/6 and is therefore Odd/Even.
9. Gender Dreaming
The old wives tale says if you dream of boys, you are carrying a girl and to dream of girls indicates you carrying a boy. This sounds like something my 5 year old says when he tells me yes means no and no means yes!. I have had one gender dream quite early on, where I was having the 20 week scan and they said it was a boy.
10. Wedding Band
Take a thread and loop it around your wedding band. Lie down, hold the thread above the pregnant belly (you may need help with this bit!). If it swings in circles you are carrying a girl, if it swings to a , then expect a boy. I dont have a wedding band to try this one out!
11. Cold Feet
If your experiencing a bad case of cold feet now your pregnant, you could becarrying a boy. If theres no change and your tootsies are warm and cosy, it may be a girl. I haven’t been experiencing cold feet personally!
My Gender Prediction using Old Wives Tale:
6/11 = Girl, 2/11 = Boy, 3/11 = Unknown – ITS A GIRL!! We’ll this will be interesting to see!
*2017 update: After deciding not to find out babies gender, I can confirm that the gender prediction using old wives tales successfully predicted baby Girl and Little Emmeline was born on 06th March 2017!
Have you ever tried the gender prediction using old wives tales? were they right for you? Do you have a favourite? I would love to know!